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Matt Cleary

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Ha. By interesting I believe you mean completely wrong, Paul, but thanks. And yeah Sutto’s a good fella. They love him down Maroubra. Reckon junior coach would be good role for him.

John Sutton: Peak Bunny

Ha. Wait til he goes to jail.

First sits two points ahead of eighth. You pick a winner

Ha. Blind hope! The best kind.

Go the V. Here is hopin.

But I’m afraid, my man, the Hot Broncs are gonna towel you up in Vegas.

First sits two points ahead of eighth. You pick a winner

Ha. Broncos premiership wouldn’t be a nightmare for me. Nor would Storm, not really. My team’s out the back door on Mad Monday the Daily Tele couldn’t even be bothered sending peeping toms to.

First sits two points ahead of eighth. You pick a winner

I’ll be here, Rook. And I’ll stand by “Saints are rubbish” until they aren’t. Hope they come good. Can’t see it.

Can you? Is there cause of optimism among the Red V people?

First sits two points ahead of eighth. You pick a winner

Yeah, you could make a case for the Dragons, but not a good one, for mine. Be laughed out of court. But then stranger things have happened. The Cows made the grand final last year without Thurston. Donald Trump’s president. People watch old mate the Beaver whatever his name is, Honey Badger, on a reality dating show. Kooky times.

First sits two points ahead of eighth. You pick a winner

True. Yet Griffin didn’t want it broken, presumably. Gus has exercised the option to break it, punt him and pay him out. And then the Tigers coach as a replacement, that the Tigers believe lacks integrity, presumably at least until they gain satisfaction, which could only come in the form of cash from Panthers world of pokies, and/or a better coach than Ivan. As Marina said: it’s business. I think bandying about Loyalty and Integrity in matters of business… they’re not words generally connected with business.

Breaking Bad: League contracts are signed in invisible ink

Don’t quite take your point, Paul. Journos can’t write Fiction, they’d be out of a job. You can write Opinion though, and it’s never wrong.

FWIW I’m a freelance, sole trader. Like a sub-contractor though I sign no contract and have no employer as such, just a series of Publishers I knock out stuff for. Bit like footy players, indeed we share a union (with Actors), though they sign contracts that don’t appear worth much if both parties agree they want out of em. Which was my point.

I’m not quite across yours.

Breaking Bad: League contracts are signed in invisible ink

Thanks. I think.

Origin's great shift: How New South Wales ended Queensland's dynasty to start an empire of their own

Agreed. But you did read this bit “Yet this is not to say we’re looking at a decade of Blue Time. This is not to suggest we’re at the start of a Cleary dynasty”.

And this bit, which I quite liked because I could include Jake the Mus in Star Wars:

“he Maroons can win series in the next few years on the back of their generation next. Fact. Queensland is like a veritable breeding ground for league people. Seen that bit in one of the dud Star Wars prequels, where there’s all the stormtroopers cloned from Jake the Muss? That’s every town in Queensland from Cooktown to Coolangatta.”

Origin's great shift: How New South Wales ended Queensland's dynasty to start an empire of their own

Thanks Graham. My bad. Looks like the Sub-editors fixed that.

Cody Walker … is going gangbusters for the Bunnies on the left with Johnny Sutton, and R.Jennings is leading try-scorer because of it. And … I think he needs another season of shit-hot footy, as Keary’s had, before he’s in the conversation. Could be just me. Maybe a premiership and a hot start to 2019, and Freddy comes a-callin… I think not ATM, just cos incumbents.

Origin's great shift: How New South Wales ended Queensland's dynasty to start an empire of their own

Y’know I reckon the interchange down to six is going to mean there’s less like Shannon and more like Angus Crichton who’s name I didn’t bother to spell check, and now feel bad. There’ll still be a place for the Giant Orc … but three of them you’d think would be a luxury late in the game that the little zippy ones could exploit.

The Bunnies' pigs have made them top dogs

Mick Hancock. Bit like Chicka Ferguson. They’d beat 8 blokes, 3 of them twice.

Forty years of footy favourites

Bang on, Griggso. Indeed if you type Matt Bowen magic into Google you’ll find YouTube full of fun. Loved him.

I’m gonna dig up the story I did on him from 08. Still one of my faves.

Forty years of footy favourites

Ha. Very ordinary picks. Though in my defence … no, there is no defence. Ha.

What I sort of tried to do was guess who’d be a slider, if you like … went with Dragons and Souths, when Cows and Eels and Manly would’ve been better.

But I wasn’t going with them. Early March, they were all good.

Just how wrong can a pre-season ladder prediction be?

Ha. Very ordinary picks. Though in my defence … no, there is no defence. Ha.

What I sort of tried to do was guess who’d be a slider, if you like … went with Dragons and Souths, when Cows and Eels and Manly would’ve been better.

But I wasn’t going with them. Early March, they were all good.

Just how wrong can a pre-season ladder prediction be?

Manly, Parra and Cows are the three weird ones. Especially Cows. How can they have such prime cattle, and be so ordinary? Two JTs alone should be carving up the comp, much less Morgan, Coote, Hess, McLean, Scott, Bolton, Cooper and the rest of their very good ones such as Justin O’Neil and Kane Linnett and Jake Granville. Something crook in Tallarook, surely.

Just how wrong can a pre-season ladder prediction be?

Yeah I take your point, a bit, but I don’t reckon the perceived quality of your fellow players and/or the competition at the time should come into it. You can only be the best of the best there is, at that time … Thus when Brian Bevan was running around, the England comp. was as strong as Sydney, maybe stronger, and their international team won as many as we did. A numbers / historian could debate this better. That’s just what I reckon – if you’re the best of your era, that’s all you can be.

The Immortals: A concept drenched in wine

My but I hate getting things wrong. Thanks mate.

I’ll see about fixing that.

The Immortals: A concept drenched in wine

Yeah there’s the rub, for mine. As per the original “contest” between marker and ball-player. They brushed the contest that was originally between two sets of feet in a “ruck”, so why the need to play it with one’s feet? Tradition?

Rugby league is not a rubbish game, it doesn't know what it is

Can’t argue.

Why, though, does the attacker have to play the ball with his feet?

Rugby league is not a rubbish game, it doesn't know what it is

Top stuff, Clyde.

Write more stuff.

Israel Folau's confusion proves good intentions are no match for bad ideas

Me too.

Lessons learned at Shark Park in funny game of rugby league

Come from Canberra, see how you go.

Mate! It’s as funny as footy satire gets.

Truly. It’s funny. It’s meant to be funny. It is funny. The line “Frankly, if administrators wanted to stage a match in a freezing remote location with minimal interest in the game, they should’ve scheduled a Test match in Melbourne, or in my soul.” – that’s funny!

There’s heaps like that. They’re all like that. There isn’t a sentence that’s meant to be taken seriously. It’s a light knock on Melbourne, at best, which is funny because it’ll silly and slightly true. Ha.

Chill / pill, etc. Bro.

An NRL club CEO reacts to news of a Test match in Denver

I don’t write about AFL, at all.

It’s not across my radar.

The RBB was this week. And … that’s why I wrote a story about them.

I also don’t call it soccer, unless I have to. Y’know, in case there’s confusion what football.

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